The powerful booster GSLV-Mark-3 carrying Chandrayaan-2 on-board zoomed into space at 14.43 from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
– It placed the high-stake lunar probe into the designated highly elliptical orbit around the earth in just 16 minutes and 33 seconds.
– From the earth-bound orbit, Chandrayaan-2 will be navigated by the ISRO scientists to near the South Pole of the moon.
– It will be the first-ever soft-landing of a probe by India, that is expected to be on September 7.
– India would become the fourth ever nation to have a soft-landing on the moon, once Chandrayaan-2 reaches the unexplored area.
– Originally Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched on July 15th.
– Chandrayaan-2 has three-module spacecraft comprising an orbiter, lander ‘Vikram’ carrying rover ‘Pragyan’.